Botox® in Washington, DC
For the treatment of age lines and wrinkles, it has been increasingly common to use injectables to give the desired result. In Washington, DC, Botox treatment experts at Foxhall Dermatology will use their years of experience to give you the best possible experience and the high quality results that you have been dreaming of.
If you have concerns about the signs of aging that are appearing around your face and neck, you can consider many options. There are more minor cosmetic procedures that you can try initially. Our office provides many different services from microdermabrasion to chemical peels. If you are finding that these procedures are not quite giving you the results you require, you may wish to turn to an injectable solution.
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying facial muscles every time you smile, laugh or frown. The more emotion you show the deeper these wrinkles and lines are likely to be. Left untreated these lines may become permanent.
What can be done about Wrinkles?
Now frown lines, crows feet, and forehead lines, can be dramatically softened or eliminated. This procedure, known as a cosmetic denervation, uses Botox injections to improve the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet and other dynamic wrinkles.
How does Botox work?
Botox, a neurotoxin, blocks impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Botox relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin becomes smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Is Botox Safe?
Botox injections have been used safely and effectively for over fifteen years to treat many ophthalmologic and neurological disorders. Every year hundreds of thousands of patients receive Botox treatments for a variety of conditions and it is now an accepted safe and popular treatment for reversing the visible signs of aging as well as excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis). In the hands of well trained, experienced injectors, the cosmetic use of Botox has shown no signs of short-term or long-term risk to the patient.
Information about Botox Treatment for Hyperhidrosis
Botox is FDA-approved for excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) which cannot be treated effectively with topical agents such as prescription anti-perspirants. Botox treatment helps control excessive underarm sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from nerves which stimulate the sweat glands to secrete sweat when the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, sweating stops. Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis is very effective and normally lasts 4-6 months.
Dysport is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and wrinkles. Dysport, like Botox Cosmetic® is a protein extracted from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The Dysport protein was initially used for the treatment of motor disorders and various kinds of involuntary muscular spasms, including cerebral palsy.
Is Dysport New?
NO! Dysport has been available in Europe, Asia, and South America for over 10 years. Dysport is manufactured by Ipsen Pharmaceuticals (FRA) and is supported by over a decade of clinical experience. Dysport is distributed in the United States by Medicis, the manufacturers of the revolutionary Restylane dermal filler. Dysport was developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s to successfully treat a number of neurological and ophthalmic conditions. It was further developed to treat a wide variety of neuromuscular disorders, for which it is licensed in over 60 countries. Since that time, with an increased understanding of the uses of Dysport, thousands of treatments have been safely and effectively performed for a variety of conditions ranging from facial wrinkles to axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under the armpits).
Is Dysport Better Than Botox?
This topic is widely debated and heavily biased due to most comparative cosmetic studies being partially or fully funded by manufacturers of Botox (Allergan) and Dysport (Ipsen/Medicis). Many cosmetic physicians outside the U.S. who have used Dysport report greater longevity when compared to Botox. In most unbiased neurological studies for the treatment of movement disorders Dysport has provided equal or greater efficacy when used in a 2.5 to 4:1 ratio to Botox. In a double-blinded randomized crossover study in cervical dystonia (the most common use of neurotoxin in the world), results showed Dysport to be more effective than Botox with a similar safety and side effect profile when used in a 3:1 dose relationship.
Why is Injector Selection More Important Than Ever?
Studies indicate that Dysport possibly disperses more widely than Botox Cosmetic when injected. While this is advantageous when treating broader areas of small wrinkles such as crows feet, when used to treat glabellar lines of the forehead it could lead to increased occurrence of ptosis (drooping eyelid) if injected by someone inexperienced with Dysport.
Is Dysport Safe?
Dysport injections have been used safely and effectively for over fifteen years to treat many ophthalmologic and neurological disorders. Numerous safety studies performed in around the world have shown it to have an equal or more favorable safety profile than Botox. However, while rare, some side effects can and occur. The most common side effects are temporary soreness or mild bruising around the injection site. Some people may experience a slight headache that lasts for several hours after treatment; it is safe to take a mild pain killer to relieve this. In a very small percentage of cases there can be a complication called “ptosis” (a drooping eyelid) which may last a few days or up to 4 weeks. Ptosis is not considered to be a normal side effect and is normally due to injector error or lack of injector experience.